MANHATTAN, Kan. - The West Virginia University volleyball team was beaten by Kansas State 3-0 (13-25, 15-25, 14-25) on Saturday night at Ahearn Field House.
"Kansas State played us very well tonight. Their block and defense did a good job and made it tough for us to find any type of rhythm offensively," says coach Jill Kramer. "I've always been impressed with the crowd that they draw here and tonight was no different - what a great volleyball environment to play in. We are looking forward to coming back next year."
Senior middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger led the Wildcats (16-8, 4-7 Big 12) with 16 kills on 21 attempts for a .619 hitting percentage. Kansas State recorded a .317 attacking percentage for the match as a team, while posting 13.5 team blocks and holding the Mountaineers (17-10, 3-8 Big 12) to just a -.059 hitting clip.
Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
led the visitors with nine kills, ending her streak of consecutive matches with double-digit kills at six.
The Wildcats came out strong in the first set. They took the first seven points and never looked back. Pelger led Kansas State with five kills on six attempts and the Wildcats recorded six team blocks in the first game to win the set 25-13.
West Virginia led 6-5 early in the second set, but an 8-0 run followed by Kansas State. Pelger had six kills on seven attempts in the set, while Anderson had four kills on eight attempts for the Mountaineers. The Wildcats won the second game 25-15.
Kansas State carried its momentum into the third set. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead and won the final set 25-14.
WVU sophomore setter Brittany Sample
had 22 assists and six digs for the Mountaineers, as West Virginia and Kansas State split their season series.
West Virginia returns home to face No. 25 Iowa State on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.